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By Guy Debord

Of the 3 autonomous texts by means of man Debord integrated right here, have been first released as pamphlets, whereas the 3rd was once written in 1971 for inclusion in a projected 13th factor of the Situationist International's magazine which by no means seemed a result of group's dissolution.

Despite the seeming variety of the topics discussed—the Watts riots in ‘The Decline and Fall of the “Spectacular” Commodity-Economy’ (1965); the disintegration of bureaucratic energy in ‘The Explosion element of Ideology in China’ (1967); pollutants and its illustration in ‘A ailing Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of the various types of the ‘spectacle’ and its repercussions. And regardless of the dates in their composition, all 3 stay startlingly correct today.

—Alice Debord, 2004

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It is likely that the phenomenon of regional bureaucratic autonomy, which manifested itself only weakly and sporadi­ cally during the counterrevolution in Russia, no­ tably in connection with the Party organization in Leningrad, was able to establish many solid bases in bureaucratic China, thus facilitating the coexis­ tence within the central government of clans and interest groups that were, in effect, the direct bureaucratic owners of entire regions and struck 51 GUY DEBORD bargains with one another on that basis.

They appear as what they really are: the irreconcilable enemies­ not of the vast majority of Americans, but of the alienated way of life of modern society at large. The most advanced industrialized country merely shows us the path that will be followed everywhere unless the system is overthrown. Some extreme black nationalists, to show why they could never accept anything less than a sep­ arate state, have argued that American society, even if it someday concedes general civic and eco­ nomic equality, will never see its way clear to ac­ cepting interracial marriages.

Before long, though, the workers, exasperated by the Red Guard's ex­ cesses, began to take things into their own hands. Whenever the Maoists spoke of 'spreading the cul­ tural revolution', first to the factories and later to the countryside, they gave the false impression 55 GUY DEBORD that they were planning developments which, in reality, throughout the autumn of 1966, were completely beyond their control and which had, indeed, already occurred despite their best efforts. The drop in industrial production; the chaos in transportation, irrigation and throughout the state administration up to the ministerial level (the efforts of Zhou Enlai notwithstanding); the autumn and spring harvests jeopardized; a com­ plete halt to education (particularly serious in an underdeveloped country) for more than a year­ all these were the inevitable outcome of a struggle whose extension was solely due to the resistance put up by precisely that portion of the established bureaucracy which the Maoists were determined to vanquish.

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